Local sports car racer Jayson Clunie is set to put the petal to the metal again, having re-signed with Team i-MOTO for the 2013 GRAND-AM CTSCC Season racing season.
Clunie and racing partner Pierre Kleinubing clocked in with three medals last season, including two wins. The duo capped things off in late September with a win at the 2012 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, in Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn.
Reuniting with Kleinubing this season, the pair will again pilot one of the team’s Mazdaspeed 3s.
“The whole i-MOTO team is very excited that Jayson will be returning for the 2013 season,” i-MOTO team owner Glenn Bocchino said in a release.
“I can’t say enough about how much Jayson impressed this team both on the track and off the track.”
“Being a part of this championship team gives me an opportunity to compete at the top of the sport and contend for wins and the championship again in 2013,” Clunie said in a release, noting appreciation for manager Michael Duncalfe.
“There is a winning chemistry with this gang and I am fortunate to be a part of it.”
“We got better and better as a team last year and we are going to continue that progression in 2013,” Kleinubing said in a release. “I am looking forward to even more success with Jayson.”
Duncalfe, of Exclusive Management Inc., said that he’s “absolutely thrilled that Jayson and Pierre will be teamed up together again in 2013.”
“Both drivers had phenomenal seasons and as such had many offers and opportunities to consider,” he added.
The 2013 season will kick off with the Roar Before the Rolex 24 test week at Daytona International Speedway, from Jan. 4 - 6.
Clunie has been racing since 1998, initially with stock cars, moving on to karts in 2001 after an introduction to the sport in Saskatoon.
He ended up focusing on sports cars in 2011, where his focus has remained ever since.
In 2011, Clunie was named Mazdaspeed Rookie of the Year and was subsequently asked to test with i-MOTO Racing in their Mazdaspeed3. Following a successful test, he entered the 2012, another successful endeavour that’s now led to the 2013 season.